For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Tina Stott, Berkeley Park, Recreation and Waterfront, (510) 420-0803

Three citywide workshops to be held on October 22, November 19 and January 28 will involve the community in developing the Citywide Pools Master Plan.

Berkeley, California (Monday, October 20, 2008) - The City of Berkeley and the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) are preparing a Citywide Pools Master Plan to meet the current and future aquatic needs of the community. Three public workshops will be held to better understand these needs.

At the first workshop, on Wednesday, October 22, participants will discuss their vision for the City’s pool system and identify key issues and opportunities. This workshop will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Live Oak Recreation Center Craft Room, 1301 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley.

A second community workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 19. Participants will comment on master plan alternatives and identify a preferred alternative. This workshop will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Malcolm X Elementary School Library, 1731 Prince Street, Berkeley.

The third and final community workshop will be held on Wednesday, January 28, 2009. Participants will comment on the Draft Citywide Pools Master Plan. This workshop will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the James Kenney Community Center, Community Room, 1720 8th Street, Berkeley.

The City and BUSD are working with a 16-member Task Force and architecture and pool experts to develop the plan over the next six months. Key topics of the Master Plan include King, Willard and West pools; the Warm Water Pool; and options for new swim facilities.

Community members are encouraged to attend these workshops and express their opinions about the future of the City’s pools and aquatic programs.

For more information, please visit the Pools Master Plan Link (in the What's New section) on the City of Berkeley’s Park, Recreation and Waterfront home page: